The running joke of wearable technology is how pitifully unwearable it is. Even Diane von Furstenberg’s Midas touch couldn’t make Google Glass look cool.
But last night, when Éric Careel, founder of Paris-based Withings, pulled up his navy jacket to reveal a clean, white-faced silver watch with a thickly-stitched saddle leather band, it didn’t look like a gadget. It just looked wearable.
The now reigning wearable wearable, the Activité is more what I'd call a wearable-ish, given that admittedly handsome watch essentially duplicates your phones activity tracking abilities and whose data is obviously only accessible via Withings Health Mate app, in other words, a better looking Fitbit. As I can already monitor this data with just my phone, I personally consider the Activité a bit too limited, especially for the $390 price tag, and also since I'd expect there to be much more compelling and smarter smart watches (cough iWatch cough) available when the Activité becomes available this Fall.